More than 2,000 free meals handed out during half term after Wildcats team with firms

By Barrie Hudson - 4 November 2020

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Swindon Wildcats in The Community (SWITC) joined forces with Franklin’s Food and Arval BNP Paribas Group to provide more than 2000 meals for young people during half term. 

  • Swindon Wildcats in The Community (SWITC) joined forces with Franklin’s Food and Arval BNP Paribas Group

    Swindon Wildcats in The Community (SWITC) joined forces with Franklin’s Food and Arval BNP Paribas Group

Inspired by Marcus Rashford MBE’s End Child Food Poverty Campaign, the three organisations teamed up for the mission.

Owner of Franklin’s Food Debra Nell said: “We are delighted we could support such a significant campaign to help local families. 

"When TJ and Aaron Webb from Western Community Centre came up with the idea to support Rashford’s initiative, we knew we had to get involved, as it was a great opportunity to support young people in Swindon that do not have access to free school meals during the half term.”

The campaign was initially Launched by Franklin’s Food and SWITC with a plan to deliver 500 meals. However, when Arval BNP Paribas Group learned what Franklins and SWITC were doing they donated £5000 to the campaign which meant the number of meals could be more than quadrupled.

Swindon Wildcats Managing Director Steve Nell said. “We were overwhelmed by the support from Arval BNP Paribas Group as it had a huge impact on the campaign. 

"All three companies had been working really hard last week to give out the lunches. I would like to say thanks to Ben Edwards from Arval BNP Paribas Group, who was working with Western Community Centre to deliver the meals. 

"I would also like to thank Glinn Hambidge from Western Community Centre and Aaron Webb from Swindon North Parish Council who generously helped us to hand out the meals. 

"Everyone involved has helped us to have an enormous impact on our community and they should be very proud.”

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